A Hybrid

Hybrid Ferruginous Duck + Common Pochard

Hyoko, Niigata, Japan

January, 2018


It's been very cold the last few weeks and I haven't birded much. I get so tired of falling down. I've heard people have had frozen toilets and showers and taps for days and days. Really different to following the Australian Open Tennis.

These pics were taken earlier in the year in nicer light and conditions. I posted the pics of this hybrid on the Kantori page in Japan and the kind people there confirmed it was a hybrid Ferruginous + Pochard. My birding pal Luke thought of that but I ignored him as he's just starting out. He looks at the details like real birders. I am too abstract.

I just visited my blog for the first time in a while and discovered a number of kind comments. Thank you for that. I will try to brave the conditions and get newer and better shots.




This Whooper Swan gave this poor Common Pochard a hard time. We watched the pochard go under one last time and it didn't seem to come up again. Challenges the idea that swans are so graceful and beautiful.

Common Pochard with leg ring.

Eurasian Wigeon and what seems a borderline hybrid with an American Wigeon. I think it is just a wigeon with shine in its feathers. There have been a couple of American Wigeon the last few years at Hyoko but I'm yet to see them this year.

Little Grebe

Northern Pintail are so common here in the winter but don't you think they're worth a close look?

Little Grebe

Mallard in nice light

Eurasian Wigeon

October Arrivals

Common Coot

Hyoko, Niigata, Japan

October 21, 2017


Not so cold yet, but pretty dull. I'm happy to see all the new arrivals at Hyoko. Some Tundra Swans, but no Whoopers yet.

The usual assortment of common ducks have made their way from the continent in the north. There'll be many more to come in the weeks ahead. Hope they travel well with the typhoon coming our way.

I thought I'd lead off with a Common Coot. They're here for summer too, but I usually look past them. Quite a nice face really.


Common Pochard

Tufted Duck

Tufted Duck

Eurasian Wigeon

Mallard

Tundra Swans

and below..



The iWants

Northern Goshawk

Adult

Hyoko, Niigata, Japan

February 21, 2016

Sony RX100iii held up to a Nikon ED50 field scope

I didn't bring an adaptor!



I want a big new spotting scope. Either Zeiss, Swarovski, or Leica will do.  The above goshawk looked fantastic through my little scope but I imagined a nice, intimate portrait with snow and dead reeds would have been nice. Looking through my scope the breeze was blowing the reeds in and out of the way and the soft feathers on the hawk's chest were fluffed up. The goshawk was interested in the ducks on the water and its yellow eyes peered through the reeds, sometimes almost directly at us. 



Nikon D7100 with Nikkor AF-S 300F4


Black-eared Kite




I got ready with my D7100 and 300 f4 when it looked like flying anf it came right at me. I messed up though, the camera just got stuck on the background.





I lost focus after this shot and didn't regain it until it had almost passed me.



Rock Dove
 I only brought my little scope and D7100 with the Nikkor 300 f4. These photos show why I like that set up. I wasn't ready for the goshawk.

Anyway. It was a fruitful outing.
Northern Pintail

female

Northern Pintail

male

Common Pochard

Whooper Swan



Eurasian Teal

male



Christmas Mixed Ducks



Thank you for visiting this blog for another year. I'm very grateful for your visits and comments. I know it's a busy time of the year but I hope you can have a bit of time to sit down with a quiet beer and enjoy these mixed ducks.....

Some hints: All photos taken at Hyoko, Niigata, Japan.

Eurasian Wigeon, Common Pochard, Northern Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Northern Pintail, ?

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!




















Autumn around the Wetlands

Northern Goshawk

Fukushimagata, Niigata, Japan

November 5, 2012


Mr Honma and I checked out two wetland areas around Niigata today. First we went to Fukushimagata and were treated by this young goshawk which landed on a post behind the bird observatory for a few moments. She looked around just for a bit before departing and leaving us with a warm glow to the start off the day.

Secondly, we went to Hyoko and found a variety of ducks and Whooper Swans which have safely made it and which are likely to stay for the winter months.




Wigeon

Hyoko, Niigata

Tufted Duck

Northern Pintail

Whooper Swan

Pochard

Eastern Buzzard

near Fukushimagata again in the afternoon.

Hut at Fukushimagata

Fukushimagata

Greater White-fronted Goose

Rice fields adjacent to Fukushimagata